About a month after its last firmware release, Nintendo has put out a new update for the 3DS, providing this super uninformative note in version 2.1.0-4’s list of changes:
System stability improvements and other adjustments: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
That sounds like anti-piracy measures, right? Well, according to people who’ve tried it out, the update doesn’t appear to employ any protections against flashcarts. So far, all anyone’s noticed is the NetFront web browser has been altered somehow, going from v.17412 to 1.7455; and colors were added to 3DS Sounds' StreetPass data.
Nintendo does seem to have piracy on its mind, though, as its 2.1.0-4 update notes contain this block of text:
Your Nintendo 3DS system and software are not designed for use with any unauthorized device and/or any unauthorized software. Please note that the Nintendo warranties do not cover any defects to or defects caused by unauthorized devices, software, modifications and/or non-licensed accessories.
Furthermore such use may lead to injury to yourself or others and may cause performance issues and/or damage to your Nintendo 3DS system and related services. Nintendo (as well as Nintendo licensees or distributors) is not responsible for any damage or loss caused by the use of such devices, software, modifications or non-licensed accessories.
IMPORTANT: After the Nintendo 3DS system is updated, any existing or future unauthorized technical modification of the hardware or software of your Nintendo 3DS system, or the use of an unauthorized device in connection with your system, may render the system permanently unplayable. Content deriving from the unauthorized modification of the hardware or software of your Nintendo 3DS system may be removed. Failure to accept the update may render games unplayable.
Maybe the update is preparing for future flashcart-blocking measures? Or 3DSes could now be recording any use of unauthorized devices, waiting to report your malfeasance to Nintendo when the time’s right? Or perhaps Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is watching you right now, as you read this post, from behind the eco-friendly holes of a nearby 3DS box?
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